Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Every 40 Seconds: Facing the Facts About Stroke, Hypertension and You

Stroke and hypertension are not someone else's concerns. They're mine, and yours, and everyone's. Photo source: Healthy Lifestyle, Healthy Blood Pressure from the World
Hypertension League.


FACT 1 In the time it takes to read this post, another American (every 40 seconds on average) will have a stroke. Stroke is the fourth-highest cause of death--and a leading cause of severe, long-term disability--in America.

FACT 2
High blood pressure is known as the silent killer due to its lack of symptoms, and can be deadly without treatment.

FACT 3
According to the American Heart Association, 93% of people do not think of stroke as a major health concern.

May is American Stroke Awareness Month. World Hypertension Day is Thursday, May 17, 2012. There's no better time than now to face the facts--stroke and hypertension are not insignificant, and they are not someone else's concerns. They're mine, and yours, and everyone's.

Did you know that managing your blood pressure is the most important thing you can do to help reduce your chances of suffering a stroke?
The American Heart Association. Know your risk of developing high blood pressure, and take appropriate action. The American Heart Association offers a list of the top contributing factors to high blood pressure (including recommendations for reducing your chances of suffering a stroke) plus related multimedia and frequently requested resources.
There are many other ways to educate yourself about stroke, hypertension and heart disease. Among them:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention podcast Heart Disease and Stroke in Women, which includes steps to prevent these conditions. Transcripts are available.


The Health Studies Subject Guide from TWU Libraries, featuring numerous links to articles, books and websites you can use to increase your health knowledge.


Resources provided by the National Stroke Association--including information on stroke prevention, signs & symptoms and recovery.


Healthy Lifestyle, Healthy Blood Pressure from the World Hypertension League.



Facts, as worrisome as they can be, are not to be feared--they are to be faced.


Good health to all.

--Stephany Compton

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